Williams will retire on Thursday.
Williams, who has logged more starts (171 games) at defensive tackle for the Vikings than any other player, signed a one-day deal to retire in Minnesota. The 35-year-old Williams was the ninth overall selection by the Vikings in 2003 and registered 63 sacks, 529 tackles, nine forced fumbles and five interceptions in his 13-year career spent with the Vikings (11 seasons), Seahawks, and Saints (1 season each). At his peak, Williams was one of, if not, the best defensive tackle in league, selected to six Pro Bowls and named a First-team All-Pro five times.
The Saints were busy making personnel changes on Friday. The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams and waived rookie tight end Harold Spears, per The Times-Picayune.
Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He's played in 187 games over the last 12 years, and started eight games last season while recording 30 tackles and three sacks.
Spears caught 56 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at New Hampshire last year.
Free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams has confirmed that he visited the Saints, but he added his preference is to remain with the Seahawks.
The former Vikings standout and six-time Pro Bowler is hoping to play one more year in the NFL.
"I want to go back to Seattle, but this is business," he told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "They're still evaluating their roster. I guess there's not that many 12-year veterans that everyone wants. Everyone wants to go younger."
Williams, who played the 2014 season under a one-year, $2 million contract, added that he was not close to signing a contract with New Orleans.
"We talked. It was a good visit," he said. "I would fit in there. But I don't know what's going to happen."
Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams worked out with the Saints this week, a league source has told ESPN, which is further reporting that it remains unclear if the two sides talked contract.
Williams was a standout with Minnesota before taking his talents last year to Seattle. He has 63 sacks in 12 seasons. He worked at the nose tackle spot for the Seahawks after Brandon Mebane went down.
New Orleans boasts little depth along the defensive line, which would explain their interest in Williams.
Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams did not rule out retiring if his team beats the Patriots in Super Bowl 49, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Williams, 34, is a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time First-Team All-Pro.
He played in every game this season, recording 22 tackles, three sacks and two pass breakups.
Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams played his normal position, the three-technique, during the first nine games this season. When nose tackle Brandon Mebane suffered a season-ending hamstring injury, Williams moved over to replace him.
A six-time Pro Bowler at the three-technique, Williams started the final nine games, including playoffs, at nose tackle. He stabilized the defensive front and finished with 30 tackles and three sacks.
“It’s kind of unique how things happened,” Williams told the team's website. “You come in to help contribute wherever you can, you lose one of your starting players to injury and you’re moving to the nose. I’m just trying to do whatever I’m called upon to do and make plays.”
Williams is headed to his first Super Bowl after winning two playoff games during his 11-year tenure in Minnesota.
"It’s awesome, man,” Williams said. “I’m still kind of in a little disbelief, how we got it done and how the game unfolded. I was happy [Sunday night]. Now I’m back to concentrating on let’s get this other win now.”
Seahawks starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane has a torn hamstring and is out for the season, reports Fox Sports. Mebane got hurt in Sunday's win over the Giants, with coach Pete Carroll saying Monday that Mebane would be out for "a while."
The devastating blow means Seattle will give increased snaps to six-time Pro Bowler Kevin Williams and second-year pro Jordan Hill.
The Seahawks will have their probable players Week 8 against the Panthers.
Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Marshawn Lynch, Tharold Simon, Robert Turbin, Kevin Williams and Luke Willson are all active for the contest. Bennett is dealing with a toe injury. Chancellor has an ankle issue.
The Seahawks have reached agreement with defensive tackle Kevin Williams on a one-year contract, reports ESPN.
Williams, a six-time Pro Bowl player and former defensive captain with the Vikings, will make in excess of $2 million, according to league sources. He will be entering his 12th season in the NFL, having spent his entire career until now with the Vikings.
Williams started 15 games last season for the Vikings with 3.5 sacks and an interception.
Free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams visited the Patriots, reports NFL Network. The five-time All-Pro played in 15 games for the Vikings last year, recording 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception.
Free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams worked out for the Seahawks on Monday, reports The Sports Xchange. Williams, 33, who made six Pro Bowls with the Vikings, visited the Giants earlier this month.
Free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams left his visit with the Giants without a contract, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
"Had a good visit and gonna see what happens!" Williams said via text message.
The report says Williams, who arrived in New York on Monday night, has not ruled out playing what would be a 12th NFL season after spending the first 11 with the Vikings. The Giants were the first team to bring Williams in for a visit.
Former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams is visiting the Giants, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Williams, who turns 34 in August, spent Monday night and Tuesday with the Giants.
"I'm not sure what's going to happen," Williams said. "I played 11 years in Minnesota. It didn't work out there, and this is my first visit with another team. I'm not sure how to feel. It's all new to me."
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, an 11-year veteran, might be on the move this offseason. While he still provided some help to the Vikings last year with 3.5 sacks and flashing versatility along the D-line, ESPN thinks Williams will ultimately move on to a new club. The Vikings drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd last year and is younger and cheaper than Williams.
The Vikings likely won't re-sign free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams, reports 1500ESPN.com. He has spent his entire 11-year career with Minnesota.
"Williams was productive in 2013, but if he seeks anywhere near the $5 million he made last season, that's likely too steep for the Vikings," the report said.
Vikings running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), defensive tackle Fred Evans, linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (concussion), defensive end Brian Robison (illness), safety Andrew Sendejo (foot), wide receiver Joe Webb (concussion) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (quadricep) were all cleared to play Week 13 vs. Chicago.
The Vikings feature a lengthy list of injured defenders on the injury report for Week 13, but they expect to have the majority of them available this Sunday against the Bears. Among the seven defenders listed, only Josh Robinson (chest) is expected to be sidelined.
Defensive backs Xavier Rhodes (groin) and Andrew Sendejo (foot), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) and defensive linemen Brian Robison (illness), Fred Evans (knee) and Kevin Williams (quadriceps) are all listed as officially probable for Sunday's game.
Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams recorded 2 1/2 sacks of quarterback Robert Griffin III on Thursday night during the Week 10 win. Williams was a big reason the Vikings won the game.
The big DT finished with seven tackles overall during the game. These were his first sacks of the season and he now has 17 tackles.
Vikings LB Chad Greenway, CB A.J. Jefferson, WR Rodney Smith, K Blair Walsh and DT Kevin Williams are all active for the Week 9 game at Dallas Sunday. All were listed as probable on Friday's injury report with various ailments.
All listed players were able to practice in full throughout the week. Greenway has a wrist issue, Jefferson an ankle, Smith a hip injury, Walsh a left hamstring and Williams a knee issue.
Vikings LB Chad Greenway, CB A.J. Jefferson, T Phil Loadholt, WR Rodney Smith, K Blair Walsh and DT Kevin Williams are listed as probable Week 9 against the Cowboys.
All six players were able to practice in full throughout the week. Loadholt was limited on Thursday due to an illness, but was left off the practice report Friday.